IKAT SILK STOLE - Zigzag
Gift from the Ikkat Weavers of Odisha
A traditional hand woven mulberry silk stole is intricately woven with Ikat technique by the Odisha weavers. Ikat is an elaborate dying process done with silk or cotton fabrics. Tie and dye or IKAT is a process of tying required portions of the same thread and dyeing them in the dye bath so that the dye penetrates in the untied portions without affecting the tied portions and repeating the process several times by untying and tying again and putting it in different dye baths to bring out a number of colors in the desired areas. These threads when woven gives out a beautiful fabric with light colored feathery patterns which are both sided against a dark background. The technique demands a lot of precision and the level of craftsmanship of the tier as well as the weaver decides the clarity of the motifs seen on the fabric.
Orissa Ikat dates back to the 12th century when artisans from the Patan region of modern day Gujarat migrated to Orissa and carried forward the craft.
The stole is handwoven with Single Ikat -a process in which the weft yarns are dyed.